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(28 June 1844 - 10 August 1890 / Dowth Castle, County Meath)

John Boyle O'Reilly
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John Boyle O'Reilly was an Irish-born poet, journalist and fiction writer. As a youth in Ireland, he was a member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, or Fenians, for which he was transported to Western Australia. After escaping to the United States, he became a prominent spokesperson for the Irish community and culture, through his editorship of the Boston newspaper The Pilot, his prolific writing, and his lecture tours.

Early Life

O'Reilly was born at Dowth Castle, County Meath, near Drogheda in Ireland at the onset of the Great Irish Famine. Ireland was at that time a part of the United Kingdom, and many Irish people bitterly resented British rule. There was a... more »

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  • ''The red rose whispers of passion,
    And the white rose breathes of love;
    O, the red rose is a falcon,
    And the white rose is a dove.''
    John Boyle O'Reilly (1844-1890), U.S.-Irish writer. A White Rose (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Co...
  • ''For the love that is purest and sweetest
    Has a kiss of desire on the lips.''
    John Boyle O'Reilly (1844-1890), U.S.-Irish writer. A White Rose (l. 7-8). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Co...
  • ''"You gave me the key of your heart, my love;
    Then why did you make me knock?"
    Oh that was yesterday, saints above!
    And last night—I changed the lock!''
    John Boyle O'Reilly (1844-1890), Irish poet, author. Constancy.
  • ''The organized charity, scrimped and iced, In the name of a cautious, statistical Christ.''
    John Boyle O'Reilly (1844-1890), Irish author. "In Bohemia," st. 5 (1886).
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  • NEAL 251 (6/17/2005 8:10:00 AM)

    I LIKE JOHN BOYLE OREILLY. HE IS NOT THE GREATEST POET. HE WAS A RENAISANCE MAN. HE WAS A SOLDIER, A WRITER, A REVOLUTIONARY AND OBVIOUSLY A ROMANTIC. THE POEM I LIKE BEST IS A WHITE ROSE. HE KIND OF REMINDS ME OF ME. I LIKE TO READ AND LOVE ART LOVE MUSIC BUT I AM AN ATHLETE, A SOLDIER AND A FIREARMS ENTHUSIAST BUT A ROMANTIC AS WELL.

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